At the end of 2020, I ran a survey to find out which topics #IronQuest participants would be interested in visualising this year. I received a long, long list of suggestions and I promise to do my best to cover as many of them as possible. In February, we collaborated with the #Viz2Educate project to visualise History, a popular topic on the list. I want to cover another popular topic this month. This one has been suggested many times previously but it will be our first time covering it for #IronQuest. The topic is, of course, Games!

Games ‘Vizspiration’

As you will know, we try to keep the #IronQuest topics intentionally broad so you can make them your own. The ‘Games’ umbrella can encompass a multitude of options, including but not limited to:

  • Board or table top games
  • Video games
  • Card games
  • Sports games
  • Movies, TV shows or books with the word ‘game’ in the title, i.e. “The Hunger Games” or “Game of Thrones”
  • Fictional games
  • Data about games; i.e. scores, history, sales data or other information about a game or type of games
  • Real-life playable games in Tableau

As always, this is by no means an extensive list. The possibilities with for topic are endless!

If you are in need of some inspiration to help you, read on.

Many people have visualised game-related data in Tableau before. Below are a few of my favourite game-related vizzes (click on an image to view on Tableau Public):

Nintendo Switch Sales by Josh Hughes:

Will Sutton – Halo The Legacy Match Collection

Ellie Mason – Carrcassonne

Michelle Frayman – Magic The Gathering

Katie Kilroy – The Magic Behind Playing Cards

Kevin & Ken Flerlage – Pandemic Board Game Map

Joshua Preston – Hungry for more Hunger Games?

Games in Tableau

If you want to build a (playable) game in Tableau, look no further than Kevin Flerlage’s “The Tableau Game Center” viz!

This viz features twenty-four games from a variety of authors, all built in Tableau!! Click here to view the viz on Tableau Public.

How do I enter?

The process is simple:

  • Source your data and build a viz that somehow touches upon the chosen theme for the month.
  • Upload your viz to Tableau Public or somewhere where it can be openly viewed online.
  • Fill in the submissions tracker (embedded at the bottom of this post) so we can keep track of who is participating. This step is essential if you want to request feedback or be credited in the wrap-up blog post.
  • If you opted in for feedback, the guest judge and myself will provide some constructive feedback on your viz after the submission period closes.

Top Tips

  • You can use any data set which fits the theme (assuming you have permission to share it publicly).
  • Always remember to credit your data source/s on your viz.
  • Refrain from using any images or logos on your viz unless you have permission to do so.
  • Remember the Iron Viz judging criteria and try to focus on all three; Design, Storytelling and Analysis.
  • Think outside the box!

Who is my guest judge?

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with Kevin Flerlage this month! When I think of games in Tableau, I automatically think of Kevin! Kevin has built multiple games in Tableau and always promotes games built by others too. It’s an honour to be working with him on IronQuest this month!

Kevin has 15 years of professional experience in data analytics and is genuinely passionate about data. He is a two-time Tableau Zen Master and works as the Manager of Business Intelligence at Unifund / Recovery Decision Science, a financial services and technology company led Zen Master Hall of Famer, Jeffrey Shaffer. Kevin is also a Tableau Public Ambassador, has four IronViz top ten finishes and is the second most favorited author on Tableau Public. Kevin is an active member of the Tableau Community and frequently blogs about Tableau on http://flerlagetwins.com, a site that he shares with his identical twin brother and fellow Zen Master, Ken Flerlage.

Kevin has many game vizzes of his own. Check out his Tableau Public portfolio to see them all. However, one of my personal favourites is his Street Fighter viz:

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submissions is midnight PST on Sunday 4th April 2021. Feedback will be provided (to those who request it) by Kevin and me shortly after the deadline date.

Please note, if we receive a large number of feedback requests (more than we can cover in a two hours), we’ll prioritise those from Tableau beginners or those entering #IronQuest for the first time for the feedback recording. Any remaining feedback will be shared with authors via email.

Continue the conversation and connect with other participants by following the #IronQuest hashtag on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing your entry!


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